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5 Everyday Things You Do That Increase Your Vulnerability Online

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Your vulnerability while browsing the Internet could be due to the everyday, seemingly normal and harmless activities that you do without a second thought.

In this regard, it would be correct to assert that normal habits make users more vulnerable to online attacks and threats from spyware, Trojans, viruses and all forms of malware. Vulnerability to hacking and cybercrime is also because of the habits that users have developed, such as the following:

Browsing through Public Wi-Fi Connections

Coffee shops and airports are two of the places where you are likely to find and use free public Wi-Fi connections to browse the Internet. As harmless as this procedure appears, it exposes you to several attacks – some of which you will never know until it is too late. Some free Wi-Fi connections are fake networks that hackers and cybercriminals use to capture passwords and other vital login information.

Filling Online Forms

The information that you pass out to third parties, especially when filling online forms, could expose you to greater vulnerability than you ever imagined. Some cookies handle capturing information without the users’ consent only to later resale the same to third parties. Therefore, ascertain what any website wants to do with some of your details such as email, physical addresses, and phone numbers before filling these on the online form.

Using the Same, Unchanged Password

Passwords are often hard to remember, thus the reason many people prefer using the same passwords on multiple sites. It is more beneficial to have a unique and different password for each online account that you own. This way, in case a hacker can crack one password and use it to access one of your online accounts, you can rest safe in the knowledge that the other accounts are not compromised.

Using Social Media to Share Photos

Geotagging is one of the favorite features that hackers and cybercriminals use today to learn more about users. This feature is common with photos, thus the increased vulnerability that users expose themselves to when sharing their pictures online. Geotagging makes it easier for hackers to identify your exact location based on the photos that you love sharing with friends and family on the Internet.

Accepting Privacy Policies Blindly

Do not accept private policies blindly. Read the entire privacy policy to understand what it says before accepting or agreeing to the terms. At times, you will have no option other than to assent to the private policies. Pay special emphasis in the manner the website intends to use the private data that you give them. Check if the website will allow you to delete the entire data you entered when signing in or agreeing to the privacy policies.

If you change your ways where the aforementioned is concerned, vulnerabilities while on the Internet will reduce significantly.